New small school league in NW Ohio?

StateChampion2012

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Yes the futility has not been long but unless enrollment goes up I just don't see it changing playing in the MAC. Their best hope is that since Delphos City schools will be classified as a failing school district all kids in the DCS district can get vouchers to cover tuition at DSJ HS starting next year.
When the heck did Delphos City Schools start failing?
 

cchs1983

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Stritch seems to be taking an enrollment approach that will hold them steady, as far as available athletes. Calvert's situation, I don't know but why take in a team that small when 8-man is gaining momentum and you might lose them?
Keep an eye on Stritch football the next few months, I'm hearing they might fold or go 8-man. Came from an old guy who smokes cigars.
 

RollingTrain

Active member
Keep an eye on Stritch football the next few months, I'm hearing they might fold or go 8-man. Came from an old guy who smokes cigars.
That's interesting, especially when their enrollment seems to be increasing. Of course that also might be the reason their coach left.

As far as Calvert goes, enrollment is small but football numbers are strong. Tiffin also seems to be on the upswing as a community. There's lots of things coming to town from a business prospective.
 

jafo

Member
Speaking of "failing schools" Van Buren has been placed on "financial watch". Apologies for posting the whole article but if I posted a link you would not be able to read it without subscribing to the newspaper.

AN BUREN — Van Buren Schools — once Hancock County’s most affluent district — has become a victim of the state’s enthrallment to tax cuts for businesses, a school official said Monday.
With a projected $1.3 million deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 2020, Van Buren Schools is on the state Education Department’s “precautionary financial watch” list. Van Buren Schools must submit a plan to the state on how it would avoid the deficit, projected to worsen to $3.2 million by the fiscal year beginning July 2021.
Van Buren school board President Jim Griffith said tax cuts for manufacturers have come at the expense of the schools.
“What has happened is years ago … the factories, one in particular — Whirlpool — went about 10 years ago and had their property re-evaluated. So they got a lot lower valuation on their property, so they’re paying a lot less money,” he said. “We’re probably getting 55 or 60 percent of the revenue that we used to from Whirlpool. Over the years that just has added up.”
“The state, to make Ohio a more business-friendly state, that’s what the state has done to us,” Griffith said.
Van Buren Schools is like a person who has not received a pay raise in 15 years, he said.
“We’ve done the best we can to stretch (tax revenue) out, but we’re at the point where we have to have new money,” Griffith said.
School officials asked district voters last November to approve a 1 percent income tax to avoid deficits. Voters, by 56 percent to 44 percent, rejected it at the polls.
That proposed tax will be on the ballot again in March, and a renewal levy will be on the ballot in November, district officials told residents in a letter last week.
“While we are actively working to ensure the passage of both levies, we are preparing for the worst-case scenario,” the board’s letter to residents stated. “By February, the board will provide a list of all the reductions that will need to occur if either the income levy or the renewal levy fails.”
In the meantime, measures to hold the line on spending will take effect Jan. 1, the school board said:
• A hiring freeze for all vacated positions unless a replacement is required by law. A vacancy in a noon aide position will be filled by shifting over an existing aide, Griffith said. A custodian vacancy will not be filled. For the time being, existing custodians will take on additional responsibilities.
• Spending will be frozen for all non-critical, non-emergency supplies and materials.
• Professional development training and education for staff will be restricted.
• Boys and girls basketball teams and other extracurricular participants will not be transported to games or events at the school’s expense. The school will only transport students to and from school.
School officials are evaluating a “pay to participate” approach to athletics, music and school clubs for the 2020-2021 school year.
State Education Department officials said Monday they will be meeting with Van Buren school officials over the coming weeks to “evaluate the district’s finances; the district’s past, present, and proposed action steps to address the fiscal duress; and the district’s written plan to eliminate the forecasted deficits.”
Van Buren’s plan to eliminate the projected deficits is due to the state by Jan. 31, 2020.
“During the course of this process, the possibility of placing the district into fiscal caution will be discussed,” a state education spokesperson said.
 

StateChampion2012

Well-known member
Speaking of "failing schools" Van Buren has been placed on "financial watch". Apologies for posting the whole article but if I posted a link you would not be able to read it without subscribing to the newspaper.

AN BUREN — Van Buren Schools — once Hancock County’s most affluent district — has become a victim of the state’s enthrallment to tax cuts for businesses, a school official said Monday.
With a projected $1.3 million deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 2020, Van Buren Schools is on the state Education Department’s “precautionary financial watch” list. Van Buren Schools must submit a plan to the state on how it would avoid the deficit, projected to worsen to $3.2 million by the fiscal year beginning July 2021.
Van Buren school board President Jim Griffith said tax cuts for manufacturers have come at the expense of the schools.
“What has happened is years ago … the factories, one in particular — Whirlpool — went about 10 years ago and had their property re-evaluated. So they got a lot lower valuation on their property, so they’re paying a lot less money,” he said. “We’re probably getting 55 or 60 percent of the revenue that we used to from Whirlpool. Over the years that just has added up.”
“The state, to make Ohio a more business-friendly state, that’s what the state has done to us,” Griffith said.
Van Buren Schools is like a person who has not received a pay raise in 15 years, he said.
“We’ve done the best we can to stretch (tax revenue) out, but we’re at the point where we have to have new money,” Griffith said.
School officials asked district voters last November to approve a 1 percent income tax to avoid deficits. Voters, by 56 percent to 44 percent, rejected it at the polls.
That proposed tax will be on the ballot again in March, and a renewal levy will be on the ballot in November, district officials told residents in a letter last week.
“While we are actively working to ensure the passage of both levies, we are preparing for the worst-case scenario,” the board’s letter to residents stated. “By February, the board will provide a list of all the reductions that will need to occur if either the income levy or the renewal levy fails.”
In the meantime, measures to hold the line on spending will take effect Jan. 1, the school board said:
• A hiring freeze for all vacated positions unless a replacement is required by law. A vacancy in a noon aide position will be filled by shifting over an existing aide, Griffith said. A custodian vacancy will not be filled. For the time being, existing custodians will take on additional responsibilities.
• Spending will be frozen for all non-critical, non-emergency supplies and materials.
• Professional development training and education for staff will be restricted.
• Boys and girls basketball teams and other extracurricular participants will not be transported to games or events at the school’s expense. The school will only transport students to and from school.
School officials are evaluating a “pay to participate” approach to athletics, music and school clubs for the 2020-2021 school year.
State Education Department officials said Monday they will be meeting with Van Buren school officials over the coming weeks to “evaluate the district’s finances; the district’s past, present, and proposed action steps to address the fiscal duress; and the district’s written plan to eliminate the forecasted deficits.”
Van Buren’s plan to eliminate the projected deficits is due to the state by Jan. 31, 2020.
“During the course of this process, the possibility of placing the district into fiscal caution will be discussed,” a state education spokesperson said.
Hmm. Interesting
 
Speaking of "failing schools" Van Buren has been placed on "financial watch". Apologies for posting the whole article but if I posted a link you would not be able to read it without subscribing to the newspaper.

AN BUREN — Van Buren Schools — once Hancock County’s most affluent district — has become a victim of the state’s enthrallment to tax cuts for businesses, a school official said Monday.
With a projected $1.3 million deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 2020, Van Buren Schools is on the state Education Department’s “precautionary financial watch” list. Van Buren Schools must submit a plan to the state on how it would avoid the deficit, projected to worsen to $3.2 million by the fiscal year beginning July 2021.
Van Buren school board President Jim Griffith said tax cuts for manufacturers have come at the expense of the schools.
“What has happened is years ago … the factories, one in particular — Whirlpool — went about 10 years ago and had their property re-evaluated. So they got a lot lower valuation on their property, so they’re paying a lot less money,” he said. “We’re probably getting 55 or 60 percent of the revenue that we used to from Whirlpool. Over the years that just has added up.”
“The state, to make Ohio a more business-friendly state, that’s what the state has done to us,” Griffith said.
Van Buren Schools is like a person who has not received a pay raise in 15 years, he said.
“We’ve done the best we can to stretch (tax revenue) out, but we’re at the point where we have to have new money,” Griffith said.
School officials asked district voters last November to approve a 1 percent income tax to avoid deficits. Voters, by 56 percent to 44 percent, rejected it at the polls.
That proposed tax will be on the ballot again in March, and a renewal levy will be on the ballot in November, district officials told residents in a letter last week.
“While we are actively working to ensure the passage of both levies, we are preparing for the worst-case scenario,” the board’s letter to residents stated. “By February, the board will provide a list of all the reductions that will need to occur if either the income levy or the renewal levy fails.”
In the meantime, measures to hold the line on spending will take effect Jan. 1, the school board said:
• A hiring freeze for all vacated positions unless a replacement is required by law. A vacancy in a noon aide position will be filled by shifting over an existing aide, Griffith said. A custodian vacancy will not be filled. For the time being, existing custodians will take on additional responsibilities.
• Spending will be frozen for all non-critical, non-emergency supplies and materials.
• Professional development training and education for staff will be restricted.
• Boys and girls basketball teams and other extracurricular participants will not be transported to games or events at the school’s expense. The school will only transport students to and from school.
School officials are evaluating a “pay to participate” approach to athletics, music and school clubs for the 2020-2021 school year.
State Education Department officials said Monday they will be meeting with Van Buren school officials over the coming weeks to “evaluate the district’s finances; the district’s past, present, and proposed action steps to address the fiscal duress; and the district’s written plan to eliminate the forecasted deficits.”
Van Buren’s plan to eliminate the projected deficits is due to the state by Jan. 31, 2020.
“During the course of this process, the possibility of placing the district into fiscal caution will be discussed,” a state education spokesperson said.
VB has to be due to some mismanagement. They have lots of manufacturing companies/distribution centers with a number a new ones over the last decade along with many new houses being built in the district. Also big net gainer with open enrollment. If they are having financial trouble 90%+ of school districts should be having trouble and not nearly that many are.
 
Wow. So any school ranked in the top 80 is now considered "failing" by the voucher system. Harsh.
Clearly the state is not using the same metrics to determine "failing" school district. From what I heard they implemented a no homework policy a few years ago and test scores have fallen since. Plus they roll their digital school in with rest of high school students so that has to be hurting test scores average also.
 

fortfan

Active member
From the article about VB....

" Boys and girls basketball teams and other extracurricular participants will not be transported to games or events at the school’s expense. The school will only transport students to and from school."


How does that work? Carpool? Parents drive them?
 

jafo

Member
From the article about VB....

" Boys and girls basketball teams and other extracurricular participants will not be transported to games or events at the school’s expense. The school will only transport students to and from school."


How does that work? Carpool? Parents drive them?
That would be my guess. Doesn't really sound safe.
 

psavitt05

Member
I just can't see them dealing with seven football playing schools.
Any chance the GMC thinks about going to ten football playing schools by bringing in Edon, Hilltop, and Montpelier as football only members? With the TAAC down to six football members and those three being the outcasts they may want to jump at a chance to be in a closer football conference
 

dhsdog06

Active member
The GMC still needs to expand. You can schedule around 9 in other sports, but the odd number in football isn't feasible.

The question is, do they go with 1 or 3 of the Edon/Hilltop/Montpelier trio, knowing they'd be football only and happy in the BBC. Or do they go with Paulding.

There's also the question of what happens in a few years if Antwerp realizes they can't support 11 man.
 
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